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Infrastructure, Public Works

FTA announces $10.5M in competitive grant funding for housing near transit

May 28, 2024

Via: Transportation Today News

On Thursday, the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it was making nearly $10.5 million in competitive grant funds available for transit-adjacent development. The FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning will support planning and investment […]


Infrastructure, Public Works

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority names Randy Clarke as general manager, CEO

May 12, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board Of Directors recently named Randy Clarke as the agency’s next general manager and CEO. “With the current challenges facing Metro, we knew we needed to find an accomplished and innovative executive who […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

MTA’s Transit Tech Lab asks startups for COVID-19 technology ideas

July 9, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The Metropolitan Transit Authority on Wednesday asked startups to contribute technology solutions to fight the spread of the coronavirus on New York City’s public transit, ranging from robots that automatically clean subway car interiors to thermal monitoring systems for passengers […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

3 Trends Making the Case for Bus Electrification

October 4, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

U.S. electric bus manufacturer Proterra reached its 100th customer this week, in a sign of how far the industry has come. Just a few years ago, electric buses had negligible market presence and faced an uphill battle to convince transit […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Oklahoma Gets Serious About Transit Sooner Than Later

July 9, 2019

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Public transit is catching on even in some of the reddest parts of America, including Oklahoma where a new state office will oversee an overhaul of bus and rail service. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Monday it would form […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

RTD Transit Ridership Not Keeping Up With Denver’s Growth

August 11, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Total transit trips in the Denver region are gradually on the rise. But with population increasing too, transit doesn’t capture a higher share of regional trips than it did in 2004, when voters boosted the RTD transit system with the […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Boston’s Fairmount Line Could Be a National Model for Commuter Rail

August 1, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Commuter rail in the United States mostly caters to affluent suburbanites who commute to the city center. Even though these lines pass through working class city neighborhoods that stand to benefit enormously from better transit, the service they provide passes […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Transit Watchers Question Need to Close Subway

July 19, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) infuriated transit advocates when it announced on Saturday that it will close the entire Muni subway, from Embarcadero to West Portal, every weekend and after 9:30 p.m. during the week, for the next […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

The Indianapolis Bus Network Redesign Will Be Like Launching a Brand New Transit System

July 12, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The vote to approve a transit funding ballot measure last November was a watershed moment for Indianapolis. After nearly a decade of intense advocacy, voters were finally given the opportunity to decide whether to pay for a vastly improved transit […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Slower Subways Will Cost New Yorkers $1.4 Billion This Year

June 27, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

By denying responsibility for his transit system,” Brad Aaron wrote here last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo “is perpetuating a charade that has real consequences for New Yorkers.” That’s for sure. But can we express those consequences in dollars and cents? […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Update on Plans to Get Trains into Transbay

June 19, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The San Francisco Planning Department will be presenting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with updated plans for getting trains from the Caltrain corridor into the lower level of the Transbay Transit Center. The department has narrowed the choices down […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

There’s Got to Be More to the L Train Shutdown Plan Than What the MTA and DOT Have Shown So Far

May 25, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Starting in January 2019, service on the L train west of Bedford Avenue will be suspended for 15 months to allow for Sandy-related repairs. The only way to keep hundreds of thousands of people moving is to dedicate significant street space to buses on both […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Detroit’s Big Transit Success Story Isn’t Its New Streetcar — It’s the Buses

May 15, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Today is the grand opening for the QLine, Detroit’s 3.3-mile, mixed-traffic streetcar on Woodward Avenue. It’s getting tons of local press attention, but TransitCenter reports that the Motor City’s true transit renaissance is not due to the streetcar, but the city’s successful, […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Can Memphis Turn Around Its Struggling Bus System?

May 8, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The current level of transit service in Memphis is bleak. So a week ago, 11 Shelby County public defenders took part in Bus Rider’s Day, which Commercial Appeal columnist David Waters called “an exercise in empathy and, as it turned […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Columbus Just Launched a Completely Redesigned Bus Network

May 3, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

This week, Columbus, Ohio, became the latest city to flip the switch on a redesigned bus network, changing a decades-old route map in a bid to jump-start flagging ridership. The updated routes bring huge numbers of people and jobs within closer […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

To Meet On-Time Bus Service Goals, Denver RTD Will Aim Lower

April 19, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Don’t expect more reliable bus service any time soon. RTD has been falling short of its goals for on-time bus performance for years, according to agency staffers. But rather than try to hit those targets, RTD is poised to move the goalposts. What’s more […]


Miscellaneous, Public Works

Was the West Contra Costa Transportation Study Too Quick to Dismiss Mainline Rail?

April 6, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The West Contra Costa Transportation Committee (WCCTC), a body comprised of consultants and government officials, is finishing up presentations on its West County High-Capacity Transit Study. From WCCTC’s web page: The Study is focused on rapid and direct services that […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Why Is Transit Ridership Falling?

March 21, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Transit ridership took a turn for the worse in 2016. In all but a handful of cities, fewer people rode trains and buses, even in some places, like Los Angeles, that have invested significantly in expanding capacity. It’s not just a one-year blip, either. In […]


Public Transport

Let’s Talk Seriously About Driverless Trains

March 8, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

BART ridership is down. That may seem hard to believe, given rush-hour overcrowding, but fewer people are riding BART off-peak, with a drop of nine percent on weekends. A recent KQED story looked at the numbers: The district reported bringing in […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

A Closer Look at How the L Train Shutdown Will Disrupt Transit Trips

September 8, 2016

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The 18-month shutdown of the L train between North Brooklyn and Eighth Avenue may be three years away, but officials still have to move quickly to help hundreds of thousands of L passengers get where they need to go. So far, city officials and the […]